Taiwan is one of Asia’s top travel destinations and boasts attractions such as the capital city Taipei, Taroko National Park, and Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County. Here are some great facts about this country ahead of your visit:

  • Taiwan is officially called the Republic of China (ROC). This is not to be confused with Taiwan’s much larger neighbour, the People’s Republic of China (PROC)!
  • Taiwan is an island nation in South Asia. To its northwest lies China, while Japan is to the northeast. The Philippines, meanwhile, are to Taiwan’s south.
  • The country’s international dial code is +886, its time zone is GMT+8, and its currency is the New Taiwanese dollar (currency code: TWD).
  • Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Taiwan. That said, English is common on signs and menus, and is widely spoken particularly among young people.
  • Taiwan has 4 international airports. If you’re flying into Taipei, you’re most likely to arrive at Taoyuan International Airport (airport code: TPE).
  • Taiwan’s national beverage is bubble tea, it’s common to take a relaxing dip in a natural hot spring, and all shop receipts issued here double as lottery tickets!

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